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Requirements Traceability Matrix Ensures Better Visibility & Collaboration

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Traceability can either be a necessary evil for your team, or you can embrace it and realize that its benefits are beyond just compliance. One of the major advantages of having a traceability matrix is to trace back the defects to test cases to requirements and vice versa. When developing software, there may be a need to change the requirements to meet everyone’s needs.

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Requirements Traceability Matrix Ensures Better Visibility & Collaboration

  1. 1. Requirements Traceability Matrix Ensures Better Visibility & CollaborationTraceability can either be a necessary evil for your team, or you can embrace it and realize that its benefitsare beyond just compliance. One of the major advantages of having a traceability matrix is to trace back thedefects to test cases to requirements and vice versa. When developing software, there may be a need tochange the requirements to meet everyone’s needs. The team managing the requirements for a projectmust be able to trace a requirement back to a need that is an essential component of the proposed project.By examining each need, you can identify missed requirements early on in the design or implementationprocess. Requirements traceability also allows you to spot extra requirements that are not really neededand helps to control a project’s cost, the time involved in implementation and the quality of the finaloutcome.Requirements traceability - avoid implementing unnecessary requirements: Each phase in a softwaredevelopment life cycle has its own importance with requirement analysis being a critical factor to thesuccess of a software project .In many organizations, building a traceability matrix can a cumbersomeprocess that typically includes manually updating a spread sheet sometime near the end of a developmentcycle as the team wraps up loose ends and prepares for release. Requirements traceability helps avoidimplementing unnecessary requirements; aids in guaranteeing project completion; helps control costs; andprevents project delays. On the whole, traceability works to avert a poor project outcome.During the design phase, requirements traceability allows you to keep track of what happens when changesare implemented before a system has been completely redesigned. Successful projects rely on teamcommunication and collaboration and with an up-to-date traceability matrix; any team member can quicklygain insight into test coverage for specific design elements or look at risk artifacts in specific areas of theproduct. There is proactive communication and collaboration that ensures that all changes are beingmanaged.Requirement Traceability Relationship - improve team collaboration: Requirements Management has themost comprehensive Requirement Traceability Relationship .An effective requirements traceability matrixgives management greater visibility into the product development cycle. Whether management needsinformation about risk mitigation, coverage, or testing results, the traceability matrix can provide a goodoverview of project status if trace relationships are maintained throughout the development cycle.Traceability provides an opportunity to improve team collaboration and agility while giving you the flexibilityto respond to change and out-innovate your competition.Look for a solution that allows you to select a relation first. Based on the relation selected, you can selectcustomized filters for each of the entity associated with the relation that imposes a level of filtration of thelinked records. Throughout a project’s development process, a successful traceability solution will ensureadequate resources of time, manpower and money available to code, test and verify all projectrequirements.Other Links - Application lifecycle management

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